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RIBA Gulf live lunch talk: Tim Leigh on Adventures in Al Wasl Dome, Expo 2020 Dubai

Livestreamed from the UK, join Tim Leigh from Stage One on the transition of the Al Wasl Plaza from a complex construction site to a platform for breathtaking performances venue. This is the seventh instalment of the RIBA Gulf live lunch talks.

Following the success of the RIBA Gulf live lunch talks 2021, the RIBA has launched a second season of talks. To kick things off, please join us for the first instalment of 2022, on the last day of Expo 2020 Dubai. Tim Leigh from Stage One will discuss the heart of the expo - Adventures in the Al Wasl Dome at Expo 2020, transforming a structure into a performance venue.

The Al Wasl Plaza is a monument to ambitious architecture and construction. It forms the very heart of Expo 2020 and has become the place where the people come together to be amazed and entertained. Whilst a remarkable structure in its own right, the dome is a hub for putting on shows for the whole world to see. To help turn the elegant dome into a location worthy of world-class performances, Stage One was commissioned to integrate lifts, revolves, a flying system and other stage machinery into the venue.

The session will include:

  • a presentation by Tim Leigh to describe the story of designing, manufacturing, installing, and operating the stage machinery within the Al Wasl Plaza and the transition of the Al Wasl Plaza from a complex construction site to a platform for breathtaking performances
  • an interview with Tim Leigh on the successes and challenges of working in such an iconic venue hosted by Azlina Bulmer, RIBA Director of International
  • an audience Q&A session

Grab your lunch and take this opportunity to interact with one of the key people in the World's Greatest Show - Expo 2020 Dubai.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

About the speaker

With a creative industries background, Tim Leigh joined Stage One as Sales & Marketing Director in 2013. In 2019 he was appointed as Managing Director whilst maintaining responsibility for operational leadership of the sales team. He still remains involved in the delivery of larger projects from concept development through to delivery on site.

Tim has an MBA from Durham University in addition to a BA and MSc degree qualifications. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in 2018.

About RIBA Gulf live lunch talks

Now on its second season, the RIBA Gulf live lunch talks are designed to share and expand knowledge on projects from across the Gulf and promote interactive conversations with leading architects over your lunch break. These events highlight voices from across the Gulf to delve deeper into their projects and highlight various views from across the Gulf while hosting a live Q&A session with the audience.